013: Quiz Yourself on Songs Our Spirits Sing


For the 70th birthday of John Lennon on October 9, 2010, Google published an animated logo that ends with this image.

Let’s have a little fun today, shall we, with the music of the Beatles, Elvis and traditional American hymnals?

ReadTheSpirit recomennds three books that explore the spiritual nature of music—and, more importantly, the musical nature of Spirit. But let’s explore those books in the form of a QUIZ.

All of these answers can be found in The Gospel Side of Elvis by Joe Moscheo (with a foreward by Priscilla Presley), Simple Gifts: Great Hymns: One Man’s Search for Grace by Bill Henderson; and The Gospel According to the Beatles by Steve Turner.

All three books explore music that millions of Americans know by heart, so here are 10 questions to test your musical and historical memory. So, see how you do!

Then, give this quiz to a friend. Pass it around.

10 Question Quiz on Elvis, Simple Gifts and the Beatles

No. 1: What’s the next phrase? “’Tis the gift to be simple, ‘tis the gift to be free; ‘Tis the gift to …”

No. 2: Which religious group brought us the popular Christmas song, “Away in a Manger”?

No. 3: What’s next? “O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder Consider …” what?

No. 4: Put these Beatles albums in chronological order: “Revolver,” “Rubber Soul,” “Beatles for Sale” and “Help!”

No. 5: In February 1968, the four Beatles got on a plane and made a trip that changed their lives. What was their destination?

No. 6: In 1957, John and Paul met for the first time after a concert by the Quarrymen, a band that John had helped to form. Where was this concert held?

No. 7: Where was the name “Eleanor Rigby” found?

No. 8: What denomination was Elvis Presley’s family church, when he was a boy in Tupelo?

No. 9: Did Elvis ever include “Amazing Grace” on one of his long-playing record albums?

No. 10: Only after Elvis’ death did a series of journal notations surface that he penned while playing Las Vegas in 1976. In one of the most poignant notes, he jotted down a short verse that he especially loved from Psalm 46. What were the words?

Answers to Our Elvis, Simple Gifts and Beatles Quiz:

No. 1: “… come down where we ought to be.”

No. 2: Lutherans.

No. 3: “all the worlds Thy hands have made.”

No. 4: “Beatles for Sale,” “Help!” “Rubber Soul” then “Revolver.”

No. 5: India.

No. 6: At a church. (It was the Anglican parish of St. Peter’s in Woolton, where John had been involved in a choir as well as a Bible-study group for young people.)

No. 7: On a gravestone (in the Woolton parish cemetery).

No. 8: Assembly of God

No. 9: Yes, on the RCA-produced album, ELVIS: He Touched Me, which won a Grammy. It’s still available on a remastered CD. Click on the title to learn more about it.

No. 10: “Be still and know that I am God!” which turns out to be Verse 10.


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